Do I like to cook? Yes! Do I like to eat? YES! Do I like to spend time with other people who like to cook and eat? Of course I do. And that is why my Aussie husband and I spent a long weekend away recently, with a dozen other like-minded people, in a rented house chosen for just such a purpose. It was in the middle of nowhere, with nothing to do except cook, eat, drink, repeat.
We actually had a theme for our meals - "The Seven Deadly Sins" - and everyone did their best to represent Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath. We ALL exhibited Greed, then Sloth after each meal. It was a very extravagant weekend, with food such as Beef Wellington, foie gras, and caviar on tiny little quail eggs.
And of course, desserts. We had beautiful chocolate-dipped strawberries, an insanely rich and delicious 2-tiered chocolate mouse with a perfect meringue on the side. And Port and Sherry and Madeira to drink with those lovely desserts.
We are already planning next year's weekend!